Aging is mainly the consequence of the long-term and permanent decline of all of the hormones in the body. As our hormones decline, many diseases will increase, while our quality of life declines. For example, common diseases, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and many others, may be the simple result of having long-term hormonal and nutritional deficiencies.
Therefore, many of the signs and symptoms of aging can be slowed, or even reversed, by correcting many of the underlying hormonal imbalances. Each hormone, as it declines with the aging process, produces physical changes, in every individual, which cause a person to look and feel older. These changes are important clues as to the underlying hormonal deficiencies present, and can be used by an experienced doctor to determine what hormones have declined the most.
Do I Need Hormones?
As men and women age, many suffer from symptoms caused by decreasing levels of reproductive hormones. You may benefit from Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) if:
You are a woman and have:
Mood swings, Hot flashes, Night sweats, Fuzzy thinking, Decreased sex drive, Headaches, Weight gain
You are a man and have:
Poor sleep, Increased body fat, Lack of sex drive, Difficulty maintaining erections, Depression, Irritability, General lack of motivation or interest in life.
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are substances that have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones that are naturally secreted by organs in the body. This is in contrast to non-bio-identical hormones which are not structurally identical to those secreted in the body. Examples of non-bio-identical hormones include birth control pills, synthetic progestins, and Premarin.
What are the principles of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?
Bio-Identical Hormone replacement is based on the principle that hormone replacement should mimic our natural hormone production as closely as possible. Hormone replacement should, ideally, reproduce the exact same hormonal milieu that is present in a healthy, youthful patient. Therefore the hormones should be chemically identical, replaced at the correct time of day, administered in the best available form, and in the correct proportion to other hormones.
How are Bio-Identical Hormones Given?
We prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for both men and women in various forms including pellets (Inserted under the skin surface), patches, creams, vaginal suppositories, pills and injections.
The pellet delivery system provides the most precise, individualized BHRT therapy available. Pellets are inserted under the skin in a 15-minute procedure in our office.
Pellets are the only form of delivery that closely mirrors the way in which the ovary and testicle produce hormones.
This method ensures the same steady, around-the-clock, low dosages in amounts that the body once created.
You won’t have to change patches, rub on creams, or remember to take a pill.
You won’t experience the surges and drops in blood levels as with other methods.
Pellet implants even deliver more when the body needs it—like during exercise or periods of stress.
They are made by a compounding pharmacy at a dosage INDIVIDUALIZED FOR YOU, based on the amount that you need based on your blood hormone levels and your symptoms.
Pellets are both effective and convenient. The pellets last for months and only have to be inserted every 5-6 months for men and every 3-5 months for women.
How are the pellets inserted?
Hormone pellets are about the size of a Tic-Tac and are inserted under the skin. At our office, the pellets are inserted by a board certified physician with specialized training in BHRT and pellet insertions. The procedure is performed in the office and takes about 10 minutes.
Benefits of Pellets BHRT
The only method that allows the body to control the release of hormones, raising levels when more is needed and decreasing it when requiring less
Delivers a very low dosage continuously, 24/7
Releases testosterone and/or estradiol directly into the bloodstream, thereby bypassing the gastrointestinal system and liver
Consistently proven more effective than oral, injectable, or topical methods with regard to sexual function, mood and cognitive function, metabolic function, bone density, urinary and vaginal problems, lipid profiles, breast health and hormone ratios
Precise dosing to meet the dosage needs of each individual
Lasts from 3 to 4 months in females
Lasts from 5 to 6 months in males